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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:29 am | Updated: 9:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

After she shot a course-record 62 in the first round, Angela Stanford held no expectations of more record scores. She was wrong.

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Stanford followed the best round of her career with a 3-under 69 on Friday and held a one-shot lead at the LPGA Safeway International, which drew 34,600. Though Stanford’s second round was not as spectacular as her first, it gave her another record.

Stanford’s 13-under 131 two-round total was one better than anyone has shot in the five previous times the local LPGA stop has been played at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Five others have shot 132 through 36 holes in this event, including Lorena Ochoa, who reached that total again Friday after firing a 67, and Annika Sorenstam, who is lurking five shots off the lead after a second-round 67.

Stanford, who has been on the LPGA Tour since 2001 and won once, will be paired today with Ochoa, the No. 1 player in the world.

It doesn’t matter who was chasing her, Stanford said.

“Our tour now is so competitive that if you’re not making birdies, you are going to get lapped,’’ she said.

The cut came at 144; Morgan Pressel was among those who failed to make it.

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